Arsenal are scheduled to entertain Tottenham Hotspur in the weekend’s north London derby in the Premier League. The Gunners and Spurs suffered defeats to Liverpool and Newcastle United in the previous gameweek but the latter would surely be the most disappointed after failing to secure maximum points against a mid-table side on their home turf.
In the aftermath of the Magpies game, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was far from pleased with the 1-0 loss as he bemoaned the team’s lack of unity and desire despite the fact that this was only the third match of the Premier League season.Spurs are regarded as the third favourites to win the Premier League but they certainly need to up their standard after only managing a hard-fought triumph over Aston Villa on the opening day while being fortunate with the 2-2 draw at Manchester City, where they were thoroughly dominated.
The Real Madrid man on a season-long loan at the Emirates opines that Alexandre Lacazette is the best player at Arsenal. The Spaniard has been a boost in the midfield for the Gunners, already contributing two assists.
With Watford coming this weekend, Ceballos is expected to feature in his fifth match for Arsenal this term. He has been impressive so far, supporting the front three and contributing to the attack.
Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Celtic star Kieran Tierney in the summer according to reports from England. The Daily Mirror claims that the Gunners are looking to sign the 21-year-old as part of their summer transfer spree.
Tierney has developed in Scotland as one of the best young full-backs in Europe and has seen attention from some EPL teams. There have been reports that the player could be reunited with former manager Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin picked up a cruciate ligament injury in the 2-0 win over Chelsea last time out and is set to miss the rest of the season.
Bellerin’s season looks to over after he ruptured his cruciate knee ligament and the defender faces a race against time to return to the squad before the end of the current campaign.
The Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Vorskla Poltava which was originally going to take place at Stadion Vorskla has now been re-allocated and will instead take place at Olimpiyskiy Stadium. The decision has been taken because of the security situation in Ukraine.
The relations between Ukraine and the neighboring country Russia are not good at the moment. The tensions are rising and the Ukrainian government has ordered for the martial law to be imposed in certain areas. Paltova fell among those areas and the match had to be shifted away from there.
ESPN FC pundit Shaka Hislop believes Arsenal should not take the option of offloading Aaron Ramsey during the ongoing transfer window. The Wales international has just 12 months remaining on his current contract with the Gunners and this has recently witnessed him associated with a probable switch to Chelsea.
Speaking on the ESPN FC show, Hislop stressed that the Gunners cannot afford to lose Ramsey this summer, considering the Welshman has been one of their most consistent performers over the past few seasons, he said: “Arsenal with a new manager of their own in Unai Emery. I’m just not sure that, despite the changes, you want to let go somebody who has been as important to Arsenal over the years as Aaron Ramsey. No. It makes sense for Chelsea, makes no sense for Arsenal.”
Arsenal FC are reportedly open to selling star player Aaron Ramsey if the Welshmanrefuses to renew his contract with the club this summer. The Gunners are hoping to tie down one of their best players before the next season. Having been held hostage in the contract saga of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the club wants to kill off any possibility of a repeat.
Ramsey’s contract is set to lapse in 2019 so the north London is looking to extend his deal. With the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea linked to the player, a new deal will effectively kill of such talks.
Arsene Wenger has admitted that there are doubts over his future at Arsenal FC.
The Frenchman confessed to hesitating before signing the new deal in the last campaign. The experienced coach signed a two-year renewal a month before the expiration of the former deal.
Wenger said he thought about personal concerns before agreeing to the new deal as he wondered if he could still take the club to the next level, after being at the club for so long. Finishing in fifth place in the premier league, the first time since 1996, did put things in perspective. However, winning three of the last four FACup tournaments proffers buffer to the fans and club.
With the new season three games in, there are doubts that anything would change at the end of the campaign. After a hard fought game against Leicester City, defeats to Stoke City and Liverpool have confirmed the fears of Wenger’s naysayers. Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year deal with the Gunners despite protest from some fans.
The French manager has taken this decision after having met the Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.
Indeed the French manager has been under intense pressure this season with the club failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. However, he managed to win the FA Cup by beating Chelsea convincingly.
Wenger said that he has some unfinished business at Arsenal and that he believes that he is the right man for the job. He said that the current team could win the Premier League, but they will need to add one or two quality players to help them.
He said that he is disappointed with the way some of the fans have behaved this season and that he believes that he does not deserve this after what he has done for the club. He said that he will never forget the treatment they have given him and that he is concerned at the moment about the team. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger said that he is expecting a tough game against Stoke City.
He said that they have not enjoyed a lot of success in this fixture throughout the years and that he is expecting it to be hard this time as well.
The French manager said that his team is still in the race for the Champions League qualification places and that he will never give up the fight until the season is over. He admitted that their fate is not in their own hands and that they will need to win all their remaining games and hope that the teams above them drop some points.
At the moment he said it is important for the players to focus on their result against Stoke City and not to worry about the performance of the opposition. Continue reading